Since its inception, HCCI has provided numerous opportunities for the Harlem community to interact with the arts. From inhouse arts programs and jazz performances at our senior housing developments to a filmmaker training program that has flourished during the pandemic, HCCI continuously finds ways to enrich the lives of Harlem residents through the arts.
Filmmaker Training Program
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of the Winter 2021/2022 class films!
About the Instructor - Riley S. Wilson
Riley S. Wilson is a writer, director, afrofuturist and VFX editor. A graduate of the Howard University School of Business, Wilson started out as a writer for brands and publications like Advertising Age and Contently, He’s also held writing and production assignments at Imaginary Forces, Firelight Media, Colorlines, and Skyword.
Wilson published his first book ‘my ID’ in 2011, releasing the film adaptation "Orange Bright" in 2015. He is the creator of the sci-fi/drama series and comic book “Little Apple,” which won the Best Web Series award at the 2019 American Black Film Festival. He has aided community arts organizations like Harlem's Dream Center and Imagenation Cinema in teaching film and production.
A Harlem resident, Wilson is currently the chief creative of Little Apple Universe (LAU), a subscription platform that bundles short-form content, comic book products and curriculum for schools.
In collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Riley S. Wilson, with support from Columbia University, Con Edison and community partner ImageNation Film Festival, Inc. HCCI provides a course in digital filmmaking. Taught twice annually or 3 to 4 months each semester, students learn filmmaking from pre-production to post-production, including film marketing, and editing. Class is taught remotely via zoom and all of the films are shot using mobile phones. What started as a traditional in-person class, went online during COVID-19 where the program flourished. Students now produce film-school quality works, in an online environment that offers group sessions and plenty of one-on-one support.
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In an innovative partnership with celebrated Harlem-based musician William "Spaceman" Patterson, of Do Right Learnin' It. Patterson provides expert instruction for students of all ages and has been responsible for HCCI's guitar lesson program, which was offered to his fellow HCCI residents living in the Bradhurst neighborhood.
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About the Instructor - William "Spaceman" Patterson
Spaceman is both a popular musician and consummate musical virtuoso who performs, produces, composes, and arranges all genres of music. His experience in the field of entertainment crosses a wide spectrum. His musical credits read like a veritable who’s who in music, He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as: Miles Davis, Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, Sun Ra, Tom Browne, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ornette Coleman, Roberta Flack, Curtis Mayfield, Lenny White, Sly Stone, James Brown, Wallace Roney, Eric Clapton, Mary J Blige, KRS ONE, David Sanborn, Bill Cosby, Grover Washington Jr. Robert Glasper, George Clinton, Phil Collins, Bernard Wright, The Temptations, Marcus Miller, The Isley Brothers, Chico DeBarge, Mtume, Gwen Guthrie, The Barkays, Q Tip, Lena Horne, Michael Henderson, Olatunji, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Doug E. Fresh, Big Joe Turner, James Blood Ulmer, Aaliyah, Bootsy Collins, Ziggy Marley, B. B. King, Jahiem, Maceo Parker, Stetsasonic, Frank Ocean, and many others.
His musical styling has graced many a hit record, movies, TV shows, and commercials. TV and movie projects include “The Cosby Show”, “A Different World”, “Sesame Street,” “The Cosby Mysteries”, “One Life To Live”, ”Cosby”, “Fatherhood”, ”Unbreakable”, “New York Undercover”, “House Party”, “Posse”, The Inkwell”, Something Wild”, “Rave”, the acclaimed HBO film, ”Unchained Memories”, Readings From the Slave Narratives, ”Polynesian Power”, “Unstoppable” (Conversation w/ Gordon Parks Sr. Ossie Davis, and Melvin Van Peebles), and the award winning “Fast Pitch”. His Theater credits include, “The Love Space Demands” with Ntozake Shange, “Thunder Knocking On The Door”, “Rhinestone”, “Pippin”, “Grease”,” Mother Courage”, “Dream On Monkey Mountain”, “Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death” (Audelco Award winner Best Music Direction). He was the producer/director of the TV show “Literary Living”.